This article attempts to highlight some of the best and worst matchups for wide receivers and tight ends each week. Using player tracking data from various sources (NFL.com, Pro Football Focus, ESPN, etc.) as well as reviews of recent trends, I look for situations to exploit or avoid when setting your weekly lineups. Given that this article is intended to help across all sites (both DFS and season-long), variations in pricing and scoring systems are not taken into account so obviously, the values could shift depending on where you are playing. The main intent of this article is simply to call out some players who could be significantly helped or hurt by their situations each week. I will also try to sort them in order of most favorable or least favorable where possible, but obviously, the quality of the player needs to be factored in as well when making your decisions.
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WR Michael Thomas, NO vs TB (Carlton Davis)
Tampa may start to get some cornerbacks back this week as Brent Grimes as a full participant in practice and Carlton Davis was limited, but they could be without their top safety (Justin Evans) and their top pass rusher (Jason Pierre-Paul). Thomas moves around the formation often but lines up primarily on the left, which points to a likely matchup with the rookie Davis at less than 100% if he’s able to play. Note that Thomas went off for 16 catches, 180 yards, and a touchdown when these two teams met way back in Week 1.
WR Amari Cooper, DAL vs PHI (Sidney Jones)
The Eagles cornerback group has been decimated with injuries and it doesn’t appear that Jalen Mills will return this week. That leaves Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones outside, where Cooper lines up the vast majority of time. He’s also been red hot of late with 16/255/2 over his last two games, so he should have little trouble beating up on this beat-up secondary.
WR Stefon Diggs, MIN vs SEA (Tre Flowers, Shaq Griffin)
Seattle has done a much better job defending slot receivers than they have perimeter receivers this year. That bodes well for Stefon Diggs this week, who is playing hurt but still caught 5-of-5 targets last week in a tough matchup against Stefon Gilmore. If healthy, he should have an edge over Tre Flowers and Shaq Griffin this week while Adam Thielen should draw a more difficult matchup against Justin Coleman inside, although it’s not enough to downgrade him significantly.
WR Mike Evans, TB vs NO (Marshon Lattimore)
While Lattimore is one of the most talented cornerbacks in the league, he has had a disappointing season and the Saints have allowed more points to outside receivers than any team in the league. Mike Evans took advantage of him in Week 1 and finished with 7/147/1. Lattimore will likely shadow Evans this week, which would leave Eli Apple on Chris Godwin and P.J. Williams on Adam Humphries but all look like reasonable options in what should be a high-scoring game.
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